Nigeria’s no. 1, Joseph Imeh will be in action on Tuesday at the Tombim Abuja Open alongside Sylvester Emmanuel, Zimbabwe’s Takanyi Garanganga as well as other big-hitters.
20-year-old Imeh, who was adjudged the country’s best player of 2017 for his amazing exploits, will look to kick start his singles campaign on a good note when he takes on Stephan Gerritsen of the Netherlands not before 1pm on Court 1.
Victory for Imeh could see him square off against his doubles partner, Takanyi Garanganga, provided the Zimbabwean, who made it to the semifinals last year, gets past Mirko Martinez of Switzerland in his first round match.
Rainoil-sponsored Sylvester Emmanuel could come up against his countryman Michael Michael in the second round if he overcomes sixth-seeded American, Ronnie Schneider and provided Michael, who’s a wild card benefactor, beats Jaimee Floyd Angele of France in their respective opening round matches.
Homeboy, Emmanuel Audu would be hoping to give the home crowd a lot to cheer about when he squares off against big-hitting Frenchman, Remi Boutillier on Centre Court at 10am, while third seed, Kento Takeuchi of Japan will begin his quest for a first title this year when he plays Namibia’s Tukhula Jacobs at 1pm on Centre Court.
In the doubles event, Nigeria’s duo of Emmanuel Idoko and Christian Paul will have a quarterfinal berth in sight when they take to court against the pair of Markus Eriksson and Maximilian Neuchrist on Court 5 after 1pm.
The Tombim Abuja Open, the first of the three-weeks long ITF Futures tournament, started on Monday, 16 April and will run through to Sunday, 22 April.